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Preparing for Weather-Related Hazards Part 1

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When working in the construction industry, contractors and other professionals are exposed to all manner of hazards, including adverse weather conditions. Working under hazardous weather conditions can be very dangerous for workers and also affect the trajectory of a construction project. Thus, it is essential that your jobsite is prepared for unique weather conditions and meets local and federal safety workplace standards.

This two-part article will identify common types of weather and hazards that can put construction sites at risk. Part two will conclude our series. If you have questions about meeting local and federal workplace standards, consult with a Fort Myers construction lawyer from Cotney Construction Law.

Is Your Construction Site Prepared?

Living and working in Florida offers many benefits and advantages, but Florida, like any other state, has its own set of weather hazards that employers must be cognizant of. Naturally, weather hazards vary by season, but every construction company should properly plan and budget for inclement weather before starting construction. It is critical that employers identify the threats that are prevalent in their geographic area and have a predefined emergency plan to reduce the risk associated with them. Additionally, site managers should ensure that their team members are properly trained in disaster response.

Hot Weather

Thousands of workers become sick from heat-related illnesses annually. Your body must get rid of excess heat by sweating in order to cool down and maintain a stable internal temperature. If the body stores the excess heat instead of getting rid of it, it can cause a worker’s body core temperature to rise and heart rate to increase. Excessive heat can cause heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps. Be sure that workers are wearing light, breathable clothing, wearing sunscreen and brimmed hats, working during cooler times of the day, and taking frequent breaks.

Rain, Ice, or Snow

Rain, ice, and snow present slip, trips, and fall hazards, so ensure that workers are wearing slip-resistant boots. Wet weather can create dangerous working and driving conditions for construction workers. Avoid driving into water that is too deep, and be mindful of slippery surfaces to prevent any accidental slips. Also, avoid using certain equipment to avoid electrocution hazards.

In part two, our Fort Myers construction lawyers will discuss more weather hazards.

If you would like to speak with a Fort Myers construction attorney, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.